Cybersecurity

Hackers Take Data for Further Reconnaissance in Breach of Federal Agency

Initial access to the agency’s system was possibly due to failure to fix a known VPN vulnerability, a patch for which was released in April 2019.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Propose $1M to Examine How Mis- And Disinformation Impacted COVID-19 Response

In particular, they’d like to know more about foreign and domestic sources propagating false information.

Emerging Tech

Oak Ridge Considering Outsourcing Some Cybersecurity Operations, CISO Says

Oak Ridge National Lab's top information security official told Nextgov he’s looking at moving to managed threat detection and response services.

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Time for Transparency: Government Leaders Increase Public Trust with Data

Today, government leaders must be able to clearly communicate trusted COVID-19 data to constituents. Data visualization and analysis capabilities can assist government leaders as they help citizens navigate the crisis.

Ideas

Addressing Insider Threats with Event Triggers 

An insider threat program that incorporates financial triggers can help identify at-risk individuals.

Cybersecurity

FBI Director: Feeding DOD’s Cyber Offense Operations Is Crucial to New Strategy

Senator says legislation is moving forward to thwart intellectual property theft from China and defend federal networks from cyberattacks.

Data

Federal Chief Data Officers Need More Resources, Well-Defined Role, Survey Says

The Foundations for Evidence Based Policymaking Act required agencies to install chief data officers. But what exactly that role should look like remains an open question. 

CIO Briefing

How the Government Shifted Its Onboarding Strategy During the Pandemic

Despite a largely remote workforce, the government hasn’t stopped hiring employees, especially those performing critical mission functions.

Emerging Tech

CIA’s New Innovation Lab Could Mean Big Paydays for Federal Scientists

The agency is investing in cutting-edge technology and offering officials a chance to profit off their developments.

Cybersecurity

IG: CBP Responsible for 2019 Biometrics Breach, Though No Federal Networks Were Compromised

A ransomware attack on a Customs and Border Protection vendor leaked facial images on more than 184,000 travelers—something agency security and policy should have prevented.

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Best Practices for IT Asset Discovery

We’ve put together a description of the eight “must-have” aspects of asset discovery that combine to make up a best-practices approach.

Emerging Tech

Treasury to Experiment with Blockchain for Grants Management 

After learning from other blockchain proof of concepts, officials will see if the technology can increase transparency into payment tracking. 

Cybersecurity

Cybercriminals Strike Schools Amid Pandemic

At least 16 school districts have been victimized in a rash of ransomware attacks since the end of July.

Ideas

Google Shows Huge Panic Attack Rise During COVID

Researchers found a major jump in searches related to anxiety, panic attacks, and treatments for panic attacks, especially remote and self-care techniques.

Data

Senate Still Divided on Comprehensive Data Privacy Legislation

Though recent bills are similar, lawmakers have yet to resolve two polarizing issues: preemption and private right to action.

Cybersecurity

Watchdog Highlights Need for Better Cyber Coordination Across Government

A pair of reports point to confusion about the State Department’s new cyber bureau and the vacuum left behind by the eliminated White House cyber coordinator position.

CIO Briefing

GSA Urges Agencies to Include Landlords in Telecom Transition Plans

Landlords will be integral to successful modernization efforts as agencies move to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions telecom contract.

Emerging Tech

The Military’s Latest Wearables Can Detect Illness Two Days Before You Get Sick

Some 400 troops are testing the devices, trained on nearly a quarter million cases to detect COVID and a whole lot more.

Ideas

The First True Smart City Blossoms in Georgia’s Peachtree Corners

The city founded the Curiosity Lab, a huge facility designed to help industry test new technology.